The best romantic fantasy poetry that will make you swoon and sigh

Who am I?

I grew up loving the works of Shakespeare and the Romantic poets. Now I write romantic fantasy with a lyrical, fairy-tale vibe. The Seasons Cycle is a spin-off series from my main Lake Traveler saga. My poetry includes Poems of Myth & Magick, and Songs of Love & Longing. I compose songs and background music for key scenes in my stories. My music has been described as GoT meets LoTR with a lyrical twist and a musical theatre vibe. You can check out my songs and instrumental pieces on my youtube channel and my music website.

I wrote...

Songs of Love & Longing: Poem & Songs from the Seasons Cycle

By Cassia Hall,

Book cover of Songs of Love & Longing: Poem & Songs from the Seasons Cycle

What is my book about?

Songs of Love & Longing is a collection of fantasy-themed poems and songs inspired by fantasy art, beautiful music, and stories and characters from the author’s imagination. In this new collection are poems and songs of love and longing, in strangely familiar language and a cadence meant to resonate with the magic already within you.

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The books I picked & why

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Dover Beach and Other Poems

By Matthew Arnold,

Book cover of Dover Beach and Other Poems

Why this book?

"The Forsaken Merman" is one of the most beautiful and saddest fantasy poems I have ever read. Being a songwriter, I have a keen ear for music in words. This is a lyrical poem that sings in rhyme and meter. It’s a tragic song to love lost. The longing is real. You will feel it and you will be moved by it.

The Lady of Shalott

By Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Keeping (illustrator),

Book cover of The Lady of Shalott

Why this book?

"The Lady of Shalott" is a famous poem in the Romantic tradition. It’s partly inspired by Edmund Spenser’s "The Faerie Queene," and partly by the Arthurian legend. Most people have heard at least a few of the oft-quoted lines. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it, but I still get caught up in the story-telling and the magical fantasy vibes. In my opinion, it’s right up there with the greatest fantasy poems of all time.

The Complete Poems of John Keats

By John Keats,

Book cover of The Complete Poems of John Keats

Why this book?

"La Belle Dame Sans Merci" may not be Keats’ most well-known poem but it’s right up there with his best, and Keats’ best might just be the very best when it comes to romantic poetry. This is a beautiful fantasy poem that’s both hot and disturbing. It’s dark fantasy at its best. Its lyrical and sensuous beauty will give you chills and goosebumps. Other fantasy-themed poems in this collection include "Endymion," "Lamia and Hyperion," "Isabella," and "St Agnes’ Eve," all based on myths and legends.

The Wanderings of Oisin: And Other Poems

By W.B. Yeats,

Book cover of The Wanderings of Oisin: And Other Poems

Why this book?

Yeats is one of my favourite poets, and while you may not associate him with fantasy, he did write some extraordinarily beautiful poems that are retellings of Irish folk tales and legends. Teeming with faeries, immortals, and other fey creatures, these are poems in the tradition of the great Romantic poets such as Byron, Shelley, Keats, and Tennyson. The titular poem is only one of many beautiful fantasy poems in this collection.

A Treasury of Shakespeare's Verse

By William Shakespeare, Emma Chichester Clark (illustrator),

Book cover of A Treasury of Shakespeare's Verse

Why this book?

This book is a beautifully illustrated work of art. I absolutely adore the well-chosen excerpts from some of the Bard's most famous plays, including his fantasy ones (The Tempest and Midsummer Night’s Dream). This book contains some of the most beautiful passages in the English language. If you love the language of Shakespeare, you will swoon over this book. I do every single time.

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